North Syracuse man to deploy to Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Michael W. Jarvis Jr. has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

He will deploy to Afghanistan at the end of January for counter-terrorism operations to assist with reconstruction, and train and equip Afghan National Security Forces. Jarvis is in the Fourth Combat Brigade, Fourth Infantry Division for the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.

He is the son of Peg and Michael Jarvis of Kopp Ave., North Syracuse.

Jarvis graduated in 2007 from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, and received an associates degree in 2009 from Onondaga Community College.

The field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.

The course is designed to train students to establish, maintain, and operate radio and wire communications and speech security equipment, including encoding and decoding messages. They also must prepare and maintain daily staff journals, fire support situation maps, charts and other fire support and target processing procedures, records, and documents. In addition, students assist in initiating requests for field artillery, mortar, naval gunfire, and aerial delivered munitions, and emplace, maintain, and assist in the operation of laser range finders, target designation, and night observation devices.

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